Perspective: Painting My Life With Colour

One year ago, I could not envision staying sober for an entire day. One year ago, I was completely broken on the inside. One year ago, I could no longer ...

The Mental Illness No One Talks About

The world had no colour. Tony was living on the streets, in jail, in the hospital, mired in alcoholism and drug abuse. He was 35 years old, and had never ...

Perspective: We Have Our Daughter Back

My journey to recovery began with anguish and hopelessness. My beloved child was sinking deeper and deeper into life-threatening addiction. I didn't know where to turn. I was hoping for ...

Perspective: Balancing my emotional ledger

In my daily life as a mother, Step 10 has a significant relevance. Children under the age of five are sort of like little alcoholics, aren’t they? Self-centred, quick-tempered and emotionally unbalanced, they waver back and forth in an instant from arrogant pride to debilitating fear and disappointment. “It is pointless to become angry, or to get hurt by people who, like us, are suffering from the pains of growing up.” Hmmm.

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Step Ten

We grow up a lot in recovery and thank God we begin to understand that hurting others, even accidentally, is not something conducive to happiness. It really is the old “do unto others…” that most of us have heard since we were children.

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Video: Step 10

When we accept ourselves and all our weaknesses, flaws and failings, we can begin to fulfil an even more challenging responsibility – accepting the weakness, limitations and mixed-up-ness of others that we love and respect. Then and only then, it seems, do we become able to accept the weakness, defects and shortcomings of those we find difficult to love.

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